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MSI GTX 660 or Sapphire 7870XT?

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February 9, 2013 10:52:01 PM

So I was thinking of buying a card, but I'm kinda having trouble choosing what is better..

I want a card with the balance of performance and cooling and I know that the MSI Twin Frozr and the Sapphire DUAL X both have reputable performances..

But I really dont know what is better between these two cards

Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT Boost Edition --> http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/product/?cid=1...

MSI GTX 660 Twin Frozr III OC Edition --> http://www.msi.com/product/vga/N660-TF-2GD5-OC.html

So..

What do you think is better in terms of balance of cooling and performance?

In addition, I would like to ask which one is the more quiet than the other.

-Thank you in Advance!
a c 87 U Graphics card
February 9, 2013 10:55:06 PM

The 7870 XT is a faster card overall, but IDK if it's quieter. It definitely pulls much more electricity.
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a b U Graphics card
February 9, 2013 10:56:17 PM

If I were you i'd get the GTx 660Ti version otherwise i'd get the 7870
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a c 109 U Graphics card
February 9, 2013 11:21:17 PM

I don't know if the op cares about power consumption, if he doesn't, the 7870 XT is a much better card than the 660 gtx and the standard 7870, it has more shaders than the standard 7870, it's between a 7870 and the 7950.
Also worth mention, the amd never settle deal, with two games free with the 7870, the games being tomb raider and bioshock infinite.
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a c 82 U Graphics card
February 9, 2013 11:59:39 PM

the 7870xt is faster. so its the best deal atm. for 230$ ish cards.

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February 10, 2013 12:14:15 AM

djangoringo said:
I don't know if the op cares about power consumption, if he doesn't, the 7870 XT is a much better card than the 660 gtx and the standard 7870, it has more shaders than the standard 7870, it's between a 7870 and the 7950.
Also worth mention, the amd never settle deal, with two games free with the 7870, the games being tomb raider and bioshock infinite.


As a matter of fact, I do care about the consumption, sorry forgot to mention that in my post
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February 10, 2013 12:16:02 AM

legendkiller said:
If I were you i'd get the GTx 660Ti version otherwise i'd get the 7870


No no, the 660 Ti is too much :) 
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February 10, 2013 12:19:15 AM

blazorthon said:
The 7870 XT is a faster card overall, but IDK if it's quieter. It definitely pulls much more electricity.


How bout cooling?, can the Sapphire DUAL X cool the 7870XT and let it stay at about 50 *C when playing battlefield at High Settings?
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a c 109 U Graphics card
February 10, 2013 12:36:27 AM

It doesn't draw that much, the maximum tdp of the 7870 tahiti le is 185W.
The sapphire has a good cooling system, i don't know what temperatures you'll get, but you'll have good temperatures with the sapphire.
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February 10, 2013 12:43:04 AM

djangoringo said:
It doesn't draw that much, the maximum tdp of the 7870 tahiti le is 185W.
The sapphire has a good cooling system, i don't know what temperatures you'll get, but you'll have good temperatures with the sapphire.


Compared to the Twin Frozr? which do you think will have better cooling?
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a c 109 U Graphics card
February 10, 2013 12:47:15 AM

There's no point in comparing with the twin frozr, it's a 660 gtx, the 7870 tahiti le is a better card, i'd say it's almost as good as the twin frozr cooling, but msi has a superb cooling system, but there isn't a 7870 xt msi twin frozr.
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February 10, 2013 1:03:09 AM

djangoringo said:
There's no point in comparing with the twin frozr, it's a 660 gtx, the 7870 tahiti le is a better card, i'd say it's almost as good as the twin frozr cooling, but msi has a superb cooling system, but there isn't a 7870 xt msi twin frozr.


disregard the vid cards, I'm after the cooling
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a c 82 U Graphics card
February 10, 2013 1:03:20 AM

+1 tahitis for the price is better. and faster. meh the powercolour or sapphir one cool good.

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February 10, 2013 1:09:01 AM

iceclock said:
+1 tahitis for the price is better. and faster. meh the powercolour or sapphir one cool good.


i see
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a c 109 U Graphics card
February 10, 2013 1:14:40 AM

I can see that you're worried about the cooling, but don't. The sapphire has a good cooling system, as good as the msi one, and it out performs the 660 in terms of performance and offers two games, it's to take in consideration.
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February 10, 2013 1:26:27 AM

djangoringo said:
I can see that you're worried about the cooling, but don't. The sapphire has a good cooling system, as good as the msi one, and it out performs the 660 in terms of performance and offers two games, it's to take in consideration.


Ok man, thanks for the help :) 
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a c 82 U Graphics card
February 10, 2013 2:02:56 AM

im with dj on this.

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February 10, 2013 2:12:37 AM

Best answer selected by XFA24.
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a c 82 U Graphics card
February 10, 2013 2:14:14 AM

cheers.

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March 6, 2013 6:09:31 PM

djangoringo said:
I don't know if the op cares about power consumption, if he doesn't, the 7870 XT is a much better card than the 660 gtx and the standard 7870, it has more shaders than the standard 7870, it's between a 7870 and the 7950.
Also worth mention, the amd never settle deal, with two games free with the 7870, the games being tomb raider and bioshock infinite.



Very nice. Just summed it all up. I've been using nVidia for years but the 7870xt is a very good card and with proper OC can run similar to a 7950 with boost. Definitely go with a 7870.



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